Common Questions

We have compiled some of the most common questions we are asked about drug & alcohol addiction treatment and the process around it.

Common Questions About Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Below are some of the most common questions about treatment and the process around it. Please click on each section below to expand it for more information. If you have additional questions about something that has to do with our facility or treatment, please call 844-478-6563.

Q. Am I allowed to drive myself & leave my car on property?
A. Driving yourself to treatment is not allowed. This can seem intrusive, and even confrontational at first, but we often employ various tactics to ensure you’re receiving the highest quality of treatment in order to remain drug or alcohol-free during your stay. The ultimate goal of rehabilitation centers is to provide an environment for the safe and effective treatment of addiction – not to take you prisoner or prevent you from driving your own car. However, rehabilitation centers must be diligent in what is accessible during treatment and may restrict certain items during your stay. Since there is a chance, you may still be using when you enter rehab, think how drugs can make driving unsafe, and put yourself and others at risk. Drinking and driving do not only risk a DUI but also risks your life and the lives of others on the road. Also, the success of an individual’s treatment depends on the person themselves, and how willing they are to get better. For example, if you’re wondering if you can drive your own car to a rehabilitation center only because you want an easy escape option if you want to leave, then you likely have the wrong mindset going in and may struggle with treatment. The success of treatment relies on a person staying in treatment long enough to gain access to the full benefits the facility has to offer. Leaving treatment early is a way to fall deeper into the darkness of addiction, not dig yourself out. Discovery Institute encourages you to get dropped off by family, friends or loved ones.

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Q. I have a pending court matter. May I go to court while I am in treatment?
A. To avoid interfering with clinical treatment, Discovery requests that all pending court matters be postponed until a client completes treatment. We ask that you notify all courts of your entry into treatment. Once admitted into our program, we will assist you in communicating with the legal system.

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Q. Is transportation provided?
A. Transportation services are available for clients attending Discovery’s Detox & Residential programs, these services are accessible once you are approved to admit to the program. If you need transportation, just let your admission coordinator know upon intake.

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Q. What To Bring/ What not to bring

A. Download the Full List Here 

WHAT TO BRING

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Insurance and pharmacy card
  • Driver’s license/state ID
  • Please be advised, masks may become mandatory in the event of covid in the building.
  • Positive reading material (recovery-related / spiritually related)
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Any electrical items (I.E. grooming products like electric shaving) will be checked for safety.
  • Music device- with no internet access
  • Cell phone for traveling purposes. Cell phones will be taken upon admission and placed in a safe. A calling card is not required, as all clients are allowed to use the phone following the blackout period with their counselor.
  • Prescribed non-narcotic medications

Tobacco Items

  • Please bring in enough Tobacco/ Vape products for the entire length of stay in unopened packaging.
  • Family/Friends may drop off Tobacco/ Vapes products if needed.
  • Any unopened Vape but the throw away kind-No refill kinds or juice permitted
  • Loose tobacco must be in sealed new packaging
  • Chewing tobacco and nicotine gum are not permitted

WHAT NOT TO BRING

  • Internet devices (including laptops)
  • Non-prescription medication or vitamins (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil)
  • Narcotic medication
  • Expensive or excessive jewelry
  • Aerosol products, including deodorant and hairspray
  • Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs
  • Inappropriate clothing
  • Hats, bandanas, headbands, durags
  • Open toiletry items
  • Toiletry items containing alcohol
  • Outside food or beverage including snacks and candy
  • Pillows, sheets, blankets, or towels.
  • Laundry detergents

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Q. Do I need to bring my own linens? Will there be laundry usage?
A.
We do not permit individuals to bring their own linens, just their clothes which can be washed on-site in our laundry rooms. Please bring 2 weeks’ worth of clothing.

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Q. What to expect on your first day
A.
Detox Program

  1. Intake with Behavioral Health Technician
  2. Evaluation and clearance by medical staff
  3. Treatment plan assigned
  4. Settle into bedroom and meet their peers

Residential Program

  1. Intake with Behavioral Health Technician
  2. Medical clearance by medical staff
  3. Settle into bedroom and meet their peers
  4. You will meet your assigned counselor and schedule your first one on one session.

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Q. Can I bring my electronics?
A.
Electronics with WiFi capabilities are not permitted.

Q. Will I receive urine tests and drug screenings while in treatment?
A. Yes. Every client receives a drug and alcohol screening on their day of admission. Discovery also conducts random urinalysis testing throughout treatment.

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Q. Can I smoke cigarettes? Are there cigarette breaks?
A. Yes, smoking cigarettes is permitted in designated areas. No chewing tobacco or cigars, etc. Clients should admit to the program with enough cigarettes to last their entire expected stay.

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Q. Can my loved ones send me things?
A. Prior to admission, clients are provided with The Packing List for Inpatient Treatment to prepare to bring their personal items. However, if a client needs additional items after being admitted, they must first receive approval for the item from their primary counselor.  Approved personal items may be dropped off at our facility Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Approved personal items may also be mailed via UPS, FedEx, or DHL to the client’s attention at: P. O. Box 177 Marlboro, New Jersey 07746.

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Q. Can I talk to my loved ones while I’m in treatment?
A.
Clients may call their loved ones with the supervision of their counselor. Alternatively, clients may send and receive letters at P. O. Box 177 Marlboro, New Jersey 07746.

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Q. Can my loved ones get information about my treatment?
A. Discovery believes that information about a client’s treatment is most appropriately provided by the client and clinician directly. As Discovery adheres to state and federal confidentiality laws, information about a client’s treatment is not communicated to anyone, including loved ones, without the client’s signed authorization. A release of information needs to be signed for every person you want us to be allowed to speak with.

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Q. What is a normal day like?
A. The days at Discovery are structured.  You will attend house meetings, primary group therapy, lectures, seminars, and self-help meetings.  You will also have privately scheduled appointments with your primary counselor.  You will have time to complete your chores, and you will have free time to relax, exercise, and socialize with your peers.

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Q. Where do my belongings go when I’m admitted?
A.
On your day of admission, your personal belongings will be screened in your presence.  Discovery staff will look for any items that might threaten the safety of you, our residents and staff.  We will also look for contraband, paraphernalia, and any inappropriate or excess items that are not approved.  If you bring items that you are not permitted to have upon admission, they will be stored in a labeled box until you can arrange for a loved one to come retrieve those items. Discovery Institute is not responsible for lost or stolen items on your person, property, or vehicle during your stay. So please leave all items of value at home.

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Q. Where do my belongings go when I successfully complete the program?
A. On day of discharge, your personal belongings will be returned to you.  If any items are left behind, you must arrange for an appointment to retrieve them within 7 days of your discharge.  If arrangements are not made your belongings will be donated.  Please understand that we will do our best to maintain security for the items left behind, but our agency is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.

Q. I have mental health problems in addition to chemical dependency, can Discovery still help me?
A. Yes, Discovery is dual enhanced and can assist with many of the common mental health conditions associated with chemical dependency. Our physicians are certified by the American Society for Addiction Medicine and our clinical team is very capable in managing these conditions.

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Q. Is transportation provided?
A. Transportation services are available for clients attending Discovery’s Detox & Residential programs, these services are accessible once you are approved to admit to the program. If you need transportation, just let your admission coordinator know upon intake.

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Q. Can I bring my electronics?
A.
Electronics with WiFi capabilities are not permitted.

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Q. Will I see a psychiatrist?
A. Many of our clients report feelings of depression or anxiety as a result of what they’ve experienced during their substance use. Discovery has a psychiatrist on staff who specializes in addictions. Our psychiatrist provides assessments as a part of the admissions and treatment processes to assess strengths and needs and monitors the client on a regular basis throughout treatment. Medications are provided when needed.

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Q. How long is your program?
A. 
The length of time in treatment is based on a client’s individual need, and the progress made while in treatment.

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Q. How old do you have to be to get admitted?
A.
Discovery offers Detox, residential and outpatient treatment to adults ages 18 years of age and older.

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Q. How do I pay for my treatment? What insurance do you accept?
A: We accept most private insurance policies as well as NJ Medicaid. If you are seeking state funding, you can contact IME at 844-276-2777 and they will assist you. If you are not approved for state funding, do not have Medicaid or private insurance, payment plans are available through our Finance Department. This sliding fee is determined by client and family income, assets, work history, legal history, and county of origin, to name a few. For more information, please contact our admissions Department by calling 844-478-6563.
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Q. How can I get more information on Discovery? How do I apply to this treatment program?
A.
Our Admissions Department is available by phone every day from 8:00am to 12am EST.
Please call 844-478-6563. The admissions coordinators can answer your questions, help you through the admission process, or simply listen to your concerns. After our regular business hours, overnight facility staff are on call to answer questions.

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Q. How do I get to Discovery Institute?
A.
Discovery is easily accessible to the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, and Route 18.

Our street address is:
80 Conover Road Marlboro, New Jersey 07746
Click here for directions to our facility.

Q. After discharge, where will I go, and how will I get there?
A. Prior to your discharge, you and your primary counselor will work together on developing your Continuing Care Plan (CCP). Among other things, this CCP will outline your aftercare treatment, your place of residence, and the first support meetings you plan to attend. Aftercare plans are determined by the progress you make in treatment, and the needs you expect to have once you complete treatment. This may include placement in a Halfway House, where you will gradually integrate back into society while still in treatment; or, placement in a sober living residence or back home with your loved ones, with attendance at an Outpatient Program. Transportation to Halfway Houses or sober living residences may be provided by Discovery only if a loved one is not able to provide transportation. Transportation back home with your loved ones is expected to be provided by your loved ones.

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Q. How can I get copies of my medical records?
A. Clients will receive discharge forms upon completion. In the event that you need additional treatment records, please contact our Medical Records Department at 844-478-6563 for further information.

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Q. How can I stay in touch?
A. Discovery Institute welcomes the opportunity to speak with graduates and encourages them to always reach out to our staff. Most importantly, graduates have succeeded in providing speaking engagements for current residents to motivate them for the power of recovery.  We request that you call or make a formal appointment for this.  If you are interested in giving back to the organization, please contact Sam in the Alumni Dept at: 908-770-1870

Q. What resources do you provide to families?
A.
We offer a weekly free zoom family support group meeting lead by our clinicians and open to the public, regardless of their loved ones being in treatment or not.

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Q. Can I send my loved one’s things?
A. Prior to admission, clients are provided The Packing List for Inpatient Treatment to prepare to bring their personal items. However, if a client needs additional items after being admitted, they must first receive approval for the item from their primary counselor. Approved personal items may be dropped off at our facility Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Approved personal items may also be mailed via UPS, FedEx, or DHL to the client’s attention at: P. O. Box 177 Marlboro, New Jersey 07746.

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Q. Can I talk to my loved ones while they’re in treatment?
A.
Clients may call their loved ones with the supervision of their counselor. Alternatively, clients may send and receive letters at P. O. Box 177 Marlboro, New Jersey 07746.

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Q. Can I get information about my loved one’s treatment?
A. Discovery believes that information about a client’s treatment is most appropriately provided by the client and clinician directly.  As Discovery adheres to state and federal confidentiality laws, information about a client’s treatment is not communicated to anyone, including loved ones, without the client’s signed authorization. A release of information needs to be signed for every person you want us to be allowed to speak with.

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